Demosclerosis: The Silent Killer of American Government
a book by Jonathan Rauch
(our site's book review)
Demosclerosis is Rauch’s term for government’s progressive loss of the ability to adapt to being paralyzed by special interests, postwar politics and redistributive programs. The problem is in minimizing cumulative side effects. Government’s power to reassign resources energizes countless entrepreneurs to dig for gold by lobbying government. Politicians need more discipline. His four solutions:
- (1) raise taxes, cut spending, balance the budget;
- (2) eliminate as many subsidies and programs as possible and use the money saved for deficit reduction;
- (3) remove government restraints on competition; and
- (4) support free trade.
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- Doing Democracy
- A Dream Deferred
- Yearning for Democracy
- Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy
- Democracy On Trial
- A Democracy Or A Delusion?
- When Corporations Rule the World
- America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - The Truth about US Foreign Policy and Everything Else
- 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed
- Anticipatory Democracy
- The Rise of Global Civil Society: Building Communities and Nations from the Bottom Up
- All the Myriad Ways
- The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives
- National Security and Double Government
- America: What Went Wrong?
- Discarding Democracy: Return to the Iron Fist
- What’s gone wrong with democracy: Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century. Why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it?